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The female body in medicine and literature

Author: Andrew Mangham; Greta Depledge
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Features essays that explore literary texts in relation to the history of gynaecology and women's surgery. This book demonstrates how fiction and medicine have a long-established tradition of looking  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Mangham; Greta Depledge
ISBN: 9781846314728 1846314720
OCLC Number: 665138350
Awards: Long-listed for British Society for Literature and Science Book Prize 2011.
Description: xii, 231 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Andrew Mangham and Greta Depledge --
'Difficulties, at present in no Degree clear'd up': the controversial mother, 1600-1800 / Carolyn D. Williams --
Monstrous issues: the uterus as riddle in early modern medical texts / Lori Schroeder Haslem --
Surveilling the secrets of the female body: the contest for reproductive authority in the popular press of the seventeenth century / Susan C. Staub --
'Made in imitation of real women and children':obstetrical machines in eighteenth-century Britain / Pam Lieske --
Transcending the sexed body: reason, sympathy, and 'thinking machines' in the debates over male midwifery / Sheena Sommers --
Emma Martin and the manhandled womb in early Victorian England / Dominic Janes --
Narrating the Victorian vagina: Charlotte Brontë and the masturbating woman / Emma L.E. Rees --
'Those parts peculiar to her organization': some observations on the history of pelvimetry, a nearly forgotten obstetric sub-specialty / Joanna Grant --
'She read on more eagerly, almost breathlessly': Mary Elizabeth Braddon's challenge to medical depictions of female masturbation in The doctor's wife / Laurie Garrison --
Mrs. Robinson's 'Day-book of iniquity': reading bodies of/and evidence in the context of the 1858 Medical Reform Act / Janice M. Allan --
Rebecca's womb: irony and gynaecology in Rebecca / Madeleine K. Davies --
Representations of illegal abortionists in England, 1900-1967 / Emma L. Jones --
Afterword: reading history as/and vision / Karin Lesnik-Oberstein.
Responsibility: edited by Andrew Mangham and Greta Depledge.
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An engaging and important book. -- Dr Holly Furneaux

 
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